Alcoa kicks-off earnings season this afternoon when it reports for the quarter. Is the company still considered the bellwether it once was? And if not, then what can it still tell us about corporate earnings overall? Yahoo! Finance "Hot Stock Minute'"host Lauren Lyster discusses the matter with Yahoo! Finance Senior Columnist Mike Santoli. The pair also talk about quantitative easing efforts in Japan and the effect of China's bird flu on the global economy.